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Tony Palmer

Smiles, everyone, smiles. ;>D

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   tpstar has kibitzed 11987 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-09-15 Millionaire Chess (2015)
tpstar: <WannaBe> Thanks for the link! Great to follow the action live.
   Oct-09-15 Wesley So (replies)
tpstar: <Wesley So> Happy Birthday!! Go Wesley.
   Oct-08-15 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
tpstar: <If we really want to stop mass shootings, we need to understand what causes them: we need to understand suffering, and what is causing such extreme despair that people pick up guns and start shooting. And if we really want to solve the problem, we must do more than just fix gun ...
   Oct-08-15 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
tpstar: <diceman> Speaking of B.C.: <Stevie King> This is more your style: <cormier> Behold our best shot to defeat terrorism:
   Oct-07-15 E Hintikka vs Y Jouhki, 1996
tpstar: Black to Play and Win after 47. Rb1. A funny game where both Kings castle by hand. White sure looked better after 39. Nd5 but something went wrong. Good defense by Black.
   Oct-07-15 J Lenier vs C Mueller, 2014
tpstar: 5. f4 scores great against the Kan = Opening Explorer 19. Rae1 was very nice, following up a sacrifice with a quiet move. Black's King was hopelessly helpless.
   Oct-07-15 C Eliason vs Eichborn, 1859
tpstar: 8. Ba4?! is a stock mistake which loses material after 10. Ne5?! Qd4 (Fork) 11. Bxc6+ Nxc6 12. Nxc6 Qc5 trapping the Nc6. Another way to win the piece is 12 ... Qd5 = I Braskin vs W Muir, 1984 Black to Play and Win after 23. Rg1.
   Oct-07-15 Ivanchuk vs Topalov, 2007
tpstar: Black's central Pawn mass just sits there for the entire middlegame as a giant weakness. <"40...Qf7?? A relatively convincing proof that the recent accusations against Topalov do not have a solid basis." GM Mahail Marin (18.02.07)> Harsh.
   Oct-04-15 Karjakin vs Svidler, 2015 (replies)
tpstar: <> Thanks for the live broadcast. =) White spent a lot of time on 9. Be3.
   Oct-03-15 Svidler vs Karjakin, 2015 (replies)
tpstar: <> Thanks for the live broadcast. =) 4. Nxd4 is thirty times more common than 4. Qxd4 = Opening Explorer
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  TheFocus: <tpstar> <OhioChessFan> <Feel free to list any revisions here, then we need a friendly Wikipedia editor like <TheFocus> to upload the changes. I believe <FSR> retired from Wikipedia.>

Sorry I can't help. I also retired from Wickedpedia.

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  Penguincw: If you people don't mind me joining this discussion:

I also edit on Wikipedia (same username as here). I used to be more active a few years ago (mainly on other wikis), but now only edit once in a blue moon. However, I still want to try to help.

The only 2 revisions needed I see right off the bat is updating the first sentence: " is an Internet chess community with over 197,000 members." (now up to 213,000+). Also, I don't like how the "ChessBookie Game" is listed under features which imply it's only for Premium members (or perhaps that's what <cg> is planning to do soon).

BTW: A user by the name of <MaxBrowne> added that Urcan article (you may talk to them here:

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  tpstar: <Penguincw> Hooray! Please edit and fix as you see fit. =)

The entry now has a banner: "This article relies too much on references to primary sources. Please improve this article by adding secondary or tertiary sources. (April 2014)" We cited Howard's Chess Life article and two of my Chess Life For Kids opening articles so we had more references. Does anyone know how to get secondary and tertiary sources?

<factual report> Noted, yet this writer was well aware of how to submit corrections here instead of publicly publishing a laundry list of pet peeves. Moreover, he is now using this specific Wikipedia platform to further his own profile, which might be considered unethical in certain circles. Third, as I said before, it is patently unfair to measure this site by someone else's standard for historical accuracy, especially as that was never their intent from the start.

At least we now have a profile picture of Isidor Gunsberg . ;>D

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  Penguincw: < tpstar: <Penguincw> Hooray! Please edit and fix as you see fit. =) >

Sure, will do. :)

< At least we now have a profile picture of Isidor Gunsberg. >

Next step: add his name to the drop-down menu on the homepage search function...

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  Annie K.: <Penguincw> the ChessBookie will stay free.

<tpstar> That doesn't really matter. Fact remains that this is an outside article published about, so it's relevant and may be mentioned, and we should not attempt to suppress it. Who may have what agenda, will have to be left up to the reader's intelligence. :)

However, I really would like the article's publication date - December 25, 2013 - added to the information about it.

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  OhioChessFan: Here's a few things I spent about 10 seconds taking note of. So a little discussion would surely be in order before effecting changes:

<The site has over 197,000 registered members>

<penguin> already mentioned that number is a bit stale.

< (of whom about 7 percent have visited over the last three months), >

"of whom" hurts my eyes and ears. Surely there's a less awkward construction available.

Wesley So should be listed as prominent and not simply as someone who's posted here.

The World section should mention the frequent discussions whether "The World" = " World Team". Even a brief mention that the issue is controversial on this site would be in order methinks.

<Chessgames began as a chess learning site and now has a Playing Zone for real-time play.>

This should probably be removed.

Footnotes 8 and 15 are duplicates. Why not an ibid?

Footnote 12 is titled "Rematch" but footnote 17 is not. If that is a direct link from the site itself, I'll appeal to cg.c to make it consistent.

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  OhioChessFan: I 100% think the Urcan article reference should stay in.
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  TheFocus: Oh yes, the Urcan article should definitely stay.

It was honest and factual, and gave CeeGee a black eye that it definitely deserved.

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  Annie K.: Oh, <Doc>, I think I should clarify: I used the term <factual report> to refer to the factuality of the report at Wikipedia about the article's existence, not as a description of the content of the article (which may, or may not, be debateable, but this doesn't matter; the Wikipedia public has the right to be informed about it).
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  tpstar: I am skeptical whenever someone self-describes their copy as "scathing" in any context, akin to giving yourself an A+ on a report only to brag about your high grade. The US Department of Justice presented a "scathing" indictment of Ferguson law enforcement, where seven e-mails over four years (one about Muslims) was "proof" of systemic racism. Anyone looking that hard for evidence is bound to find it, then "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" being a giant lie was mentioned in passing. Anyway, I still feel this, ahem, "scathing" overview was partly frustration about not having corrections implemented in a timely manner, with a large helping of patent self-promotion. His complaints about player pictures are pretty hollow since that subject has been discussed many times over the years; he remembers when Shirov was drunk and Kasparov had yellow teeth and Fine got a police sketch artist representation for his photo.

In the name of full disclosure, he should admit whether he was disciplined by this site for attacking Ray Keene with his work product removed, even despite a clear Posting Guideline prohibiting personal attacks against other users. What do you call someone who knows the rules yet breaks them anyway?

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  Annie K.: Ooh, I know that one! "Unrepentant Rule Breaker"?! :D

Um, <Tony>, you do remember that, as far as I know, we have no proof that this <MaxBrowne> person is actually Urcan, or even directly related to him? It's not utterly impossible that someone else just happened to find that article relevant. In any case, the artice <is> relevant, and that's that from Wikipedia's POV.

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  OhioChessFan: I find the "scathing" remark very interesting and an indication of self glorification, or at least coattail surfing. How many times has anyone ever seen the word "scathing" in print? Let's see.......some hack newspaper writer who think it's literary gold to reference a "scathing cross examination". And.....ummmmmmmmm......a "scathing" article about a chess site. And......that's about it.
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  OhioChessFan: I am certainly not a hack writer, so I won't mention that it'd probably be accurate to say that Wesley So put a scathing smackdown on a bunch of his alleged fans.
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  OhioChessFan: Would you look at this?

<shivasuri4: Olimpiu Urcan wrote this scathing article a while ago, sharply (and rather unfairly, I must add) criticising CG for its perceived shortcomings and flaws.>

Olimpiu Urcan

I guess people do use that word.

A quick look at Wiki reveals that <MaxBrowne> claims to be from New Zealand, for what that is worth.

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  chancho: <Tony>, I read your post about CG having a crisis.

I hope it's not the kind of crisis where the site is in danger of being closed down.

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  tpstar: <chancho> chessforum
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  chancho: Thanks Tony.
Jul-04-15  cormier: Yes' love is water that quenches fully : one that really gives his heart to the love of God , does not seek nor desire nothing. In God there is all goods. God flourishes him and happy , he goes repeating : << My God and my all! My God, you are everything to me! >> The infinite good and the source of all joy.
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  whiteshark: <tpstar> Belated thanks for dropping by with a new game for my ♕♖♖ collection.
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  tpstar: <whiteshark> When we review games, I teach my students to actually say, "major piece endgame" when the last minor piece leaves the board, because it's a whole new game. Difficult and complicated where both sides must be on their toes for instant mate threats.

That's great how Germany keeps bailing out Greece. I'm sure they'll pay you back any day now. :P

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  whiteshark: It's a shame what Europe did to Greece. In fact they are only bailing out their banks at the costs of tax payers' money. You need no enemies if this Europe is your friend... :(
Aug-04-15  cormier:
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  tpstar: <cormier> Thank you very much for this fascinating presentation. A compelling blend of the mystery of faith with the reality of science.

Astronomy is cool. =)

Aug-23-15  cormier:
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